And honestly, I have zero regrets about moving to New York. The truth is, there are infinite ways to catch a high here. New York City is built on that narcotic promise; it’s the only reason millions of people choose to endure what we do to live here, and millions more yearn for the chance.
But man alive if I don’t miss the kind of driving that makes you feel inspired, elated, and above all, untouchable. The kind that you do with an arm hanging out out the window. The kind of driving that makes you infinitely better at remembering song lyrics, 'cause you're singing them at the top of your lungs as you roll through a real-life movie set. (I preferred to soundtrack my trips over the MacArthur with Nas’ “The Flyest,” but it's really up to driver's preference.) That's Miami driving.
“Don’t you feel the same way when you put on headphones in New York?” That's what my friends here ask.
No. Of course not. I can’t belt out bars from Stillmatic as loud as I want to -- or really at all -- without becoming one of those inconsiderate, uncivilized jerks to whom I give dirty looks on the street. It’s never just you when you’re on the move in New York. You never have the solitude of being in a car. You never have that cinematic solo shot. Here, you’re just another foot soldier marching towards something in a silent hurry.
There are bridges in New York, and if I really wanted to, I could get a car. (I wouldn't do that to you.) But there's one secret -- completely true and personally verified -- to MacArthur Causeway that no NYC span could ever match. Here it is.
Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight," the same song the Miami Heat used to walk out to, runs the entire driving length of the Causeway from the I-95 on ramp to the beach. Seriously, try it. Or better yet, tell this mind-blowing fact to a Dade County cop, and it may just get you out of a felony-level speeding ticket.
Worked for me.
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Liz Newman is a writer and social media consultant living and working in NYC. Follow her on Twitter.